Reporting Varroa

Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors ([email protected]).

Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

No action will be required until after 21st April.  Source: NBU news feed

You can log in to Bee Base by clicking here

On the left hand menu you can see links to your personal details and your apiaries. 

In your apiaries you'll find an entry for each of your apiaries

You can edit this apiary using the blue buttons marked "Edit apiary" 


? VSA:  Yes/No - Sentinel apiary

? ESA:  Yes/No - Enhanced sentinel apiary

? Shared apiary:  Yes/No

? Varroa present:   Yes/no 

? Current apiary:   Yes (you can edit this to make it non current)

? No. of Colonies (number)

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? Killing traps No

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? Monitoring traps No

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